How to Repair a Folding Camper's Roof

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How to Repair a Folding Camper's Roof
Repair your folding camper's roof on site with a few basic items. (camping,trailer image by Greg Pickens from

Folding campers are an economical alternative to RVs and a comfortable step up from sleeping in a tent. A leaking or damaged roof can put a damper on any camping trip, however, and professional camper service centres can be impossible to locate away from the city. Learn to perform your own folding camper roof repairs on site with a few simple supplies and you will be back to enjoying your camping adventure in no time.

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Things you need

  • Mild detergent
  • Aluminium sealing tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard or vinyl siding
  • Aluminium foil
  • Roof sealant tape
  • Clamps
  • RV putty tape
  • Caulk
  • Paint

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    Wash the folding camper roof with a mild detergent, paying special attention to the damaged areas. Rinse and allow the surface to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Cut a length of aluminium sealing tape one-inch larger than the size of the tear. Round out the tape edges. Remove the tape backing and apply the tape to the tear. Smooth the tape for a secure seal.

  3. 3

    Repair the folding camper roof perimeter edge by pressing the roof and side edges tightly together. Apply roof sealant tape to the entire damaged area. Clamp the area while drying for a tight seal.

  1. 1

    Cut a spare piece of cardboard or vinyl siding one to two inches larger than the tear. Cover the cardboard or siding with aluminium foil and close all of the seams with aluminium sealing tape. Apply roof sealant tape to the outside perimeter.

  2. 2

    Put the cardboard or siding over the damaged area and attach it with aluminium sealing tape. Cover the entire area with sealing tape for a secure seal.

  3. 3

    Seal leaking roof vents by applying RV putty tape to the damaged area. Caulk the entire area after drying for a secure seal.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint over any treated or repaired area to protect against rust, decay and natural weather damage.

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